Wheel of Dhamma

Bodhi Leaf

Dhamma Toraṇa, Egbert, Ontario, Canada
Centre Location: Website | Map
** Unless noted otherwise, course instructions are given in the following language(s): English

Dhamma Torana (Auspicious Gateway of Dhamma) is aptly named. The nearest major city, Toronto has been recognized by the United Nations as the most diverse city in the world, with more cultures and religions represented there than anywhere else. The centre has over 140 acres of beautiful woods, open spaces and ravines. A variety of wildlife shares the land with the meditators. The surrounding countryside is mostly agricultural, but a number of small towns and the city of Barrie are nearby.
How to Apply to Attend or Serve a Course
  1. Access the application form by clicking Apply for the desired course. Old students will be given the option to serve.
  2. Please carefully read the Introduction to the Technique and Code of Discipline which you will be asked to follow during your course.
  3. Fully and completely fill out all the sections of application form and submit it. An application is required to register for all courses.
  4. Await notification. All correspondence will be through e-mail if you give an e-mail address in your application. Due to the large volume of applications, it may take up to two weeks before receiving notification.
  5. If your application is accepted then we require you to confirm you will be attending in order to secure your place in the course.
Additional information
Ontario Vipassana Centre -- Dhamma Torana
6486 Simcoe County Road 56
Egbert, Ontario, L0L 1N0, Canada
Email: [email protected]
Phone: [1](416) 342-6229
Fax: [1](866) 691-5214 (Toll-Free in North America)

All Virtual sittings and programs no longer require registration - please visit the old student page for details: https://torana.dhamma.org/os/virtual-group-sittings/

C O R O N A V I R U S    U P D A T E

In response to the coronavirus pandemic, the Ontario Vipassana Centre has taken the strong decision to cancel ALL activities (courses, service periods, group sittings) at the Centre and other locations in Ontario until further notice. 

This includes all regional activities organized outside the Egbert location, including One Day Courses held in Mississauga, Kingston, Thornhill, Toronto, and Kitchener, and the weekly Group Sittings in Toronto, Milton, London, and Richmond Hill. 

Students enrolled in a cancelled course will be given registration priority once courses re-open.

Registration for all other courses will be closed until further notice.

The situation will be reassessed as it evolves.

Teenagers' and Children's Courses

Dhamma Torana offers one day Teen courses age from 13-17 and Children courses from 8-12.

2020 Teenagers' and Children's Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
03 Oct Children CANCELLED Egbert
04 Oct Teen CANCELLED Egbert
Ten Day & Other Adult Courses

See Comments for any special instructions for each course in this section.

All ten day courses begin on the evening of the first day, continue for ten full days and end on the early morning of the last day.

If you have any serious food allergies, or due to medical issues, need a 5 pm meal or some other special consideration, please be sure to include this information in your application. If we receive this information after your application has been processed this may affect your status on the course and we may not be able to serve you  properly.

Please apply for no more than two ten-day courses at a time.

During the registration process, you will be receiving a number of e-mails from us. If you don't receive these emails, please check your Spam/Junk Mail box.

2020 Ten Day & Other Adult Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
29 Jul - 29 Aug 30-Day CANCELLED Egbert For old students
14 Oct - 18 Oct 3-Day Closed Egbert For old students
18 Oct 1-Day Closed Egbert For old students
18 Oct - 21 Oct SBC Closed Egbert For old students
21 Oct - 01 Nov 10-Day Closed Egbert
01 Nov - 04 Nov SBC Closed Egbert For old students
04 Nov - 15 Nov 10-Day Closed Egbert
15 Nov - 18 Nov SBC Closed Egbert For old students
18 Nov - 29 Nov 10-Day Closed Egbert
29 Nov - 02 Dec SBC Closed Egbert For old students
02 Dec - 13 Dec 10-Day Closed Egbert The female Assistant Teacher (AT) of this course is fluent in Farsi and English
13 Dec - 16 Dec SBC Closed Egbert For old students
16 Dec - 20 Dec 3-Day Closed Egbert For old students
20 Dec - 23 Dec SBC Closed Egbert For old students
23 December, 2020 - 03 January, 2021 10-Day Closed Egbert
Non-Centre Courses
All old students must register online to attend one day courses in GTA
2020 Dhamma Torana Non Centre Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
03 Oct 1-Day Closed GTA West (Mississauga) For old students
04 Oct 1-Day Closed GTA North (Thornhill) For old students
01 Nov 1-Day Closed GTA North (Thornhill) For old students
07 Nov 1-Day Closed GTA West (Mississauga) For old students
05 Dec 1-Day Closed GTA West (Mississauga) For old students
12 Dec 1-Day Closed GTA East (Scarborough) For old students
13 Dec 1-Day Closed GTA North (Thornhill) For old students
2021 Dhamma Torana Non Centre Courses
Attend / Serve Dates Course Type Status Location Comments
09 Jan 1-Day Closed GTA West (Mississauga) For old students

The online application form encrypts your information before it is sent from your computer to our application server. However, it may not be totally secure even though encryption is used. If you are concerned about the possibility of security risks of your confidential information while it is on the Internet, do not use this form and instead download an application. Print and complete it. Then please send the form to the course organizers. By faxing or posting your application form it may delay the registration process by one to two weeks.

To access the Old Student Regional Site please click http://www.torana.dhamma.org/os. A user name and password will be required to access these pages.

Questions may be addressed to Email: [email protected]

All courses are run solely on a donation basis. All expenses are met by donations from those who, having completed a course and experienced the benefits of Vipassana, wish to give others the same opportunity. Neither the Teacher nor the assistant teachers receive remuneration; they and those who serve the courses volunteer their time. Thus Vipassana is offered free from commercialisation.

Old students are those who have completed a 10-day Vipassana Meditation course with S.N. Goenka or his Assistant Teachers. Old students have the opportunity to provide Dhamma Service at the courses listed.

Bilingual courses are courses which are taught in two languages. All students will hear daily meditation instructions in both languages. The evening discourses will be heard separately.

Meditation courses are held at both center and non-center locations. Meditation centers are dedicated facilities where courses are held regularly throughout the year. Before meditation centers were established in this tradition, all courses were held at temporary sites, such as campgrounds, religious retreat centers, churches and the like. Today, in regions where centers have not yet been established by local students of Vipassana who live in the area, 10 Day meditation courses are held at non-center course sites.

10-day Courses are an introductory course to Vipassana Meditation where the technique is taught step-by-step each day. The courses begin after a 2 - 4 pm registration period and orientation, followed by 10 full days of meditation, and end the morning of the 11th day by 7:30 am.

30-day Courses are open only to serious Old Students committed to this technique who have completed a minimum of six 10-day courses (one since their first 20-day course), one 20-day course, one Satipatthana Sutta course, and have been practicing regularly for at least two years.

Applications must be submitted well in advance as processing may take some time. Students who speak neither English nor one of the other announced course languages may apply for the course, however acceptance into the course will depend on the availability of required course materials, suitable translators and permission of the teacher conducting the course.

Children's Courses are open for all children aged 8-12 years old who wish to learn to meditate. Their parents/guardians do not have to be meditators.

Work Periods have been set aside to work on a variety of Centre maintenance, construction, household and gardening projects. All Old Students are welcome to participate. The daily program will include three group sittings with morning and afternoon work periods. On selected evenings, there will be tapes played of special discourses and talks that S.N. Goenka has given to Old Students.

Teenagers' Anapana Courses are available for teens in different age ranges from 13-18 years old. Their parents/guardians do not have to be Vipassana meditators.

Old Student Short Courses (1-3 days) are for any student who has completed the 10-day course with S.N. Goenka and his assistant teachers. All old students are welcome to apply to attend these courses, including those where it has been some time since their last course.